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Here is what we think is the only comprehensive record of pubs and beerhouses within the Coventry city boundaries going back as far as available records allow. This is an ongoing project so contributions, corrections or additions to this archive, especially anecdotes, photos and media are most welcome. Feel free to contact us for a pint and a chat anytime.

The Royal Oak


This name is second in popularity to the Red Lion. Following the defeat of the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Charles II, together with his aide, Colonel Carless, hid from noon till dusk in the Boscobel Oak near Shifnal, Shropshire, in order to escape from the Roundhead soldiers pursuing them. After the restoration it was declared that May 29th, Charles II's birthday, should be celebrated as Royal Oak Day, an act of thanksgiving. The popularity of the pub sign may be attributed to genuine rejoicing that the monarchy had been restored but it also comments on the appeal of exciting incidents. It may also refer to one of the many ships that bore this name.

In 1828 this pub was used for an auction. In 1899 Phillips and Marriott valued the pub at £3,000 with land for the bowling green at £80 yet they did not purchase it until 1913, for £6,500. After the Second World War, the pub was propped up for some years until demolition and replacement with a new building. The new pub was a flat-roofed, red brick, characterless building with an impressively plush lounge.

Known Licensees are;
1828 Mr Amos
1841 - 1845 William Coleman
1861 - 1866 William Cattell
1868 - 1880 Mrs. Elizabeth Cattell
1888 Mrs. Elizabeth Satchwell
1892 Mrs. Selina Reader
1892 - 1903 William Reader
1904 - 1913 John Cotton
1913 Thomas George Pritchard
1916 Harry Edward Greaves
1921 - 1924 Henry Cotton
1926 - 1927 Mrs. S. Cotton
1929 - 1940 W. Sidwell
1955 - 1957 Walter L. Gregory
1960 Allen Clarke (see also Maudsley, Allesley Old Road)
1985 Tony Bristow

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